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patient examined by doctor at the Pancreas Interception Center

Moffitt Cancer Center’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program established a clinic that focuses exclusively on individuals who face an elevated risk of pancreatic cancer.

Unlike colon and breast cancers, there are no widely recognized screening guidelines for identifying individuals at the highest risk for pancreatic cancer, often resulting in the detection of pancreatic cancer at later stages of the disease.

The Pancreas Interception Center (PIC), under the direction of Dr. Shaffer Mok and Dr. Jason Denbo, is a novel concept aimed at informing, identifying and reshaping the trajectory of care for individuals at heightened risk for pancreatic cancer. At the heart of this clinic is a commitment to patient-centered care, beginning with a warm welcome from a dedicated team that guides individuals through the intricacies of the comprehensive evaluation process.

Patients who would benefit from PIC and are at greater risk for developing pancreatic cancer than the general population include: 

  • Individuals with a family history of pancreatic cancer
  • Those with genetic predispositions to pancreatic cancer
  • Patients with chronic pancreatitis
  • Individuals with a history of tobacco or alcohol use
  • Those with pancreatic cysts
  • Patients with insulin resistance
  • Individuals experiencing an overgrowth of specific gut bacteria (microbiome)
  • Those with a history of toxin exposure

By leveraging a combination of advanced diagnostic testing and multidisciplinary counseling, PIC prioritizes several key components in its approach – risk stratification, patient education, algorithmic surveillance and engagement in clinical trials and studies. Through this integrated approach, PIC aims to revolutionize pancreatic cancer prevention and interception. What makes this center unique are the following opportunities:

  • Access to clinical trials
  • Uniform algorithmic and multispecialty surveillance
  • Novel active radiologic outreach program
  • Pancreas Interception Multispecialty Board discussion
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging and laboratory work-up
  • A personalized functional medicine lifestyle Intervention including: 
    • Wellness and mental health, nutrition, movement, supplements

Refer a patient 

To refer a patient to Moffitt’s Pancreas Interception Center, email, or contact a physician liaison for assistance. We know the importance of timely cancer treatment, which is why we strive to respond to all referral requests in less than 48 hours.